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Crime Patrol: Man held for abducting, killing 8-year-old niece to avenge ‘insult’ (Episode 544, 545 on 15th, 16th Aug 2015)

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Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra

Uncle kidnaps and kills 8-year-old niece as revenge for family quarrel

An eight-year-old schoolgirl in Airoli, Franshela Vaz, who went missing on Monday, was found dead in a nullah in the forest area along Ghodbunder Road. It has been revealed that she was kidnapped and throttled to death by her own uncle, Clarence Fonseca (40). The killing was Fonseca's "revenge" for his humiliation by the girl's mother (his wife's sister) during a bitter family quarrel at his Mira Road residence in May.

Fonseca, a sailor by profession, accompanied the girl's family to the Rabale police station the day after the kidnapping and murder. However, the police zeroed in on him through the eyewitness account of a 10-year-old boy from the girl's neighbourhood who had seen the girl talking to a man near her building, and had accompanied the man in his "red" car. Fonseca's silver Hyundai i-20 was captured in the CCTV cameras at Airoli toll plaza, with Fonseca at the wheel and the girl seated next to him, some time after she had been reported missing.

The family fight that Fonseca sought to avenge took place at his home in May. Franshela's mother allegedly insulted Fonseca before the family members, telling him he better die in the sea as he worked as a sailor. Fonseca retaliated by saying she would soon see her death. On Monday, Fonseca met the schoolgirl near the building in which she lived, and asked her to accompany him in his car to his Mira Road home where her family had gone. When she did not return home in time, her mother lodged a complaint with Rabale police, and the police formed 11 teams to crack the case.

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